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February 2, 2024

Fair is foul, and foul is fair!

It was lovely to see the bus (with School Trip emblazoned on the front) about to depart after school yesterday to take a number of students to see Macbeth at the Norwich Playhouse in support of their GCSE English studies. It is so enriching to see the words of the Bard of Avon enacted live and I know that the students will have all felt this treacherous story come alive in front of their eyes. The magic of the theatre and live performances has not been dimmed in a life where social media and instant access to knowledge have become the dominant forces; in fact, the opposite is true, they have become a rare moment when one can enjoy the moment free from the distraction of the trappings of the modern world. Students are to be commended for their exemplary behaviour throughout the evening, which was commented on by theatre staff at the venue. As Saint Felix looks to build its performing and creative arts, Bugsy Malone will take centre stage over the next two weeks; rehearsals are ramping up, excitement is building, and in assembly on Monday 12th February, we will get a taster of the delights to come. Please do book your tickets for what will be a memorable night

And if you’re in the mood for theatre, why not enjoy the annual Walberswick play which this year is The Best Years of Your Life, a post-war farce pitting a boy’s and girl’s independent school against each other and featuring two members of our own English department, Mr Lynch and Mrs Neeves. Performances run from 8th to 11th February and tickets (£10 adult, £5 children) can be reserved through Mark and Jean Waller on 01502 722120.

As a passionate and lifelong supporter of Tottenham, I was delighted to be asked by Mr Collis to manage the Sixth Form team next week in their grudge match against Year 11. With Mr Lynch taking charge of the Year 11 squad, I suspect that this will be a titanic match and we are all looking forward to the tactical battle that will ensue. Having met with my Captain and Vice-Captain, I am confident that Ange Ball will win the day. This may seem like a rather trivial topic to write about but for me, it is just one small example of how education needs to be fun as well as serious. As the students in Year 11 and Year 13 begin to focus their minds on the upcoming reality of public examinations, it is so important that they have an outlet to keep their minds and bodies healthy and active. It is also the case that as an educational institution, it is our fundamental aim and purpose to ensure that the students enjoy learning and that they feel free to ask questions to find out more. For the most part, we will be able to guide them in their understanding but sometimes, we can explore areas with them that might not be our own area of expertise. Establishing and maintaining the joy of learning will always be our number one priority.

Yours sincerely,
Matthew Oakman